Disasters & Accidents


The House of Representatives has approved a bill (Wednesday) that would create an earthquake earthquake early warning system off the west coast.

Colleges & Universities - Willamette Valley:

Central Electrical JATC: 2 Hours Late

Oregon State University: The Corvallis campus will delay opening until 10 a.m.

Linn-Benton Community College: 2 Hours Late. All LBCC locations opening at 10 a.m.

Benton County:

Corvallis Sch. Dist.: 2 hour delayed start. Buses on snow routes.

Alsea Sch. Dist.: Closed UPDATE

Philomath Sch. Dist.: Closed, No preschool UPDATE

Monroe is on a 2-hour delay.

Douglas Co. Schools:North Douglas Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late. Smith River bus on snow route UPDATE Sutherlin Sch. Dist.: 2 Hours Late, AM buses on snow routes. Sutherlin sch. Dist: 2 hour delay, AM Buses on snow routes.

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The U.S. Coast Guard is officially investigating the deaths of three crab fishermen near Newport last week . KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Oregon State Police / OSP

Three crab fishermen are dead after their vessel capsized last night near Newport.

Oregon State Police

For several years now, Lane County has had the dubious distinction of ranking first – or near first – for traffic deaths than any other Oregon county. With New Years festivities kicking off tonight, safety advocates are pushing several options to make sure revelers get home alive.  

Iris Bicksler

High winds and heavy rains knocked out power to 17,000 people in northwestern Oregon, and winter warnings went into effect in western Washington.

Brian Bull / KLCC

This year’s annual “Trouble in Toyland” report by the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) again warns of potential dangers in children’s toys…from tech to toxic. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Submitted by Katherine Benenati / Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

Nearly a month after a tanker truck crashed and spilled more than 9,000 gallons of fuel near Scottsburg, clean-up efforts have largely wrapped up. 

Noble Estates Winery

A Eugene winery is holding a benefit Saturday to help victims of the fires in California. 

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The American Red Cross says it’s dealing with a severe blood shortage, in Oregon and the nation as a whole.  The crisis comes ahead of winter, which is a high-need time for blood.

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Increased funding and more modernized firefighting tools are being sought by a group of bipartisan senators, including Oregon’s. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this push is being driven by increasingly hotter and larger wildfires.

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The “Camp Fire” in northern California has just destroyed the town of Paradise.  The state is experiencing six major wildfires, currently.

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Lane County authorities are warning drivers to be particularly cautious this month…November is statistically highest for collisions with wildlife.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Submitted by Katherine Benenati / DEQ

More than 18,000 tons of soil contaminated with spilled fuel have been taken from a crash site near Scottsburg.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, crews are monitoring clean-up following a tanker truck accident late last month.

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A rabbi from Eugene narrowly missed Saturday’s shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue. A native of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Yitzhak  Husbands-Hankin was there to visit friends.

Oregon State Police

Last week, (10/22), a fuel tanker truck struck a cow, lost control, and hit a power pole near Scottsburg. KLCC’s Brian Bull has an update.

Great Oregon ShakeOut

If the Cascadia earthquake happened right now, would you know what to do? That’s the question emergency preparedness planners want you to ask yourself in advance of Thursday's Great Oregon ShakeOut.

Oregon Department of Forestry

While it feels like fall with the cooler overnight temperatures and with the leaves changing color, fire officials want to remind Oregonians that it’s still fire season.


Amid the turmoil in Washington last week over Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump signed a re-authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says this is good news for consumers and firefighters.

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It’ll soon be legal to salvage roadkilled deer and elk in Oregon.

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If any bipartisanship still exists in Congress, it’s on earthquake preparedness. A bill that aims to reduce risks to life and property has cleared the U.S. Senate.  KLCC's Brian Bull reports.

Oregon Department of Forestry

It seemed like fall in the Southern Willamette Valley – cooler mornings, overcast skies and even rain.

Angela Kellner / KLCC

Disaster can strike at any time…and how you fare could all come down to how prepared you are. The City of Eugene Wednesday hosted an emergency preparedness fair in downtown Eugene.

Eugene/Springfield CERT

Do you have enough to survive for 2 weeks without electricity or water?

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The firefighter who was critically injured in a hit-and-run collision earlier this month remains in hospital and medical costs are mounting. A grassroots effort is underway to help a stranger who came to fight the Terwilliger Fire.

Willamette National Forest

U.S Forest Service officials have begun surveying the damage caused to the Terwilliger Hot Springs as a result of the Terwilliger Fire that began on August 19th.


Crews are steadily gaining on wildfires, thanks to cooler, damper weather settling in across the Pacific Northwest.

Springfield Library

The normally quiet Springfield library is humming with a loud noise right now. It’s the sound of fans being used to dry out the soggy carpet.


I-5 is now open near the Oregon-California border.

Tracey Chalette

The Terwilliger Fire has burned over 9,500 acres and containment on Wednesday is at 35%. In addition to the crews fighting and analyzing fire behavior, there are those assigned to perform structural assessments of area homes and businesses.